ARLINGTON, Texas – The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) is set to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX with the launch of a special series featuring stories from conference members to commemorate the milestone anniversary of the passage of Title IX in 1972.
The Faces of Title IX: The WAC’s Celebration of 50 Years of Title IX will kick off on Jan. 18 at https://wacsports.com/general/2022-23/releases/facesoftitleix with a spotlight on two key figures from UTRGV athletics. Stories from current WAC institutions will be featured throughout the remainder of the 2022-23 academic year, highlighting key individuals from those institutions who have made a significant impact in and have promoted the importance of women in sports.
"Title IX opened avenues for so many throughout the United States over 50 years ago, and one of the biggest beneficiaries of the passage of Title IX in the world of higher education was intercollegiate athletics,” WAC Commissioner Brian Thornton said. “Sports has the ability to build character, confidence, grit and unity in very unique ways. While the WAC has certainly benefited from this landmark law, the true winner is our nation. The countless opportunities that have been created for females has helped to shape the growth and success of America.”
"The passage of Title IX has played such a vital role in shaping the entire college athletics landscape,” WAC Senior Associate Commissioner/Senior Woman Administrator Rebekah Ray said. “The opportunity to share stories about trailblazers from our institutions is a fitting tribute to those who are strong champions of equality. These inspiring women are just a few that have paved the way for me and all of our student-athletes today."
In addition to this special series of stories, WAC assistant director of digital communications and conference reporter Kendra Sheehan will be highlighting influential and impactful women on various member campuses as part of the WAC Road Trip segments during the spring 2023 athletic season.
“The leaders that our colleges and universities produce are a huge part of our future,” Thornton said. “We are excited to highlight and celebrate those pioneers who paved the way, and also those who continue to set the standard for all women involved in college athletics at our member institutions."